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Ukelele and Ear Training: The Finger Picking Way, Part I camp
Micaela Gutierrez Schmitz
A four week introduction to playing the ukelele by ear and with music, including playing notes, learning by solfege and doing improvisation, which is making it up as you go along.
I – Learn the strings of the ukulele, how to hold it and where to pluck, and work on reading and improvising rhythm patterns using open strings (plus a quick review of tuning if that is needed). Move on to how frets work and play your first song, Hot cross buns. We will use solfege as well to reinforce concepts. II- Learn Hot Cross Buns on every string, then learn a version that crosses strings. Students will be enabled to make up their own short tunes based on a rhythm pattern. Learn about...
Students will improve awareness of pitches through ear training. They will be able to play 2-4 songs with correct rhythms and pitches. They will be able to make up their own short tunes based on a rhythm stimulus. They will learn strategies for practice. They will recognize that skills need to be worked on incrementally, and will not appear overnight!
As a trained classroom music teacher, I am used to teaching ukelele in classes of larger numbers. With smaller numbers, children will have even more attention and will be able to progress quickly. There are occasionally reluctant singers. I would ask them during class session at least to hum quietly if that is more comfortable, but to try to sing out more at home when practice time occurs.
You need a soprano ukelele with the G tuned High (if you have it tuned low please let me know in advance). I recommend the brands Mahala, Makala and Rocket. I have learned from experience that cheap brands that cost less than $30-40 will not actually work (especially when it comes to playing chords or being in tune with others). There is no point in renting, because it is not a high cost item. Please check it is a good one by seeing if you can get it in tune at https://ukuleletricks.com/ukulele-tuner/ or https://ukulelechannel.com/5-best-free-ukulele-tuner-apps/ I also recommend that you have a good headset to use with the computer. If it's long enough, you can keep it on while playing. This will reduce feedback noise. Without headphones, other siblings, pets, etc. to intrude and make it difficult for others to hear. I would also suggest students start muted. I may mute them at certain points.
I just wanted to add that 1-2 hours is the maximum. You might build up to 70 minutes of practice per week, which is 10 minutes per day. It would be great to have 10-15 minutes/day. Frequent practice for short periods is best.
I will provide my own created materials and videos.
Meet the teacher
I teach classes on music. I have over a decade of experience leading workshops as a freelancer and as a classroom teacher. I also have led choirs and taught singers. I believe everyone can sing! I am happy to teach children and I am also excited...
$38for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(2)
Completed by 6 learners
Live video meetings
2-6 learners per class